Glen M. Leonard

Glen M. Leonard retired last year after twenty-six years as director of the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1970 with a Ph.D. in history and American Studies. Formerly the managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly and associate editor of the Journal of Mormon History, he has published articles on the history of Utah, the Mormons, and the American West and has taught classes at BYU and USU. Leonard has also served on the advisory boards of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, the Utah State Historical Society, and the National Park Service for the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. His previous books include The Story of the Latter-day Saints (co-authored with James B. Allen) and A History of Davis County. His work has earned him numerous awards including a Dale Morgan Award and a T. Edgar Lyon Award of Excellence. His comprehensive study Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise (2002) received the best book award from the John Whitmer Historical Association and the Thomas Rice King Award for Best Book on Community History from the Mormon Historical Association. He lives in Farmington, Utah, with his wife, Karen. They have three sons and eight grandchildren.